Friday, December 09, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holly jolly holiday cards

handmade holiday cards lisa fulmer

For these handmade holiday cards, I found some bold polka dot papers and fun holiday words that I think look super cute against a plain kraft background.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Love cards with safety pins

love cards safety pin lisa fulmer

You're probably seeing lots of safety pins since the election - people wearing them, social media profile pictures and the hashtag #safetypin.

After the election, people decided to do what the UK did after Brexit and use a safety pin as a symbol of safety for their fellow neighbors, especially those people in our society's marginalized groups who might feel scared or unsafe with our country's recent surge in overt racism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny. When you see the pins, you know these people eschew hate and are safe to talk to, sit next to or walk beside.

I will be selling my handmade cards at a small craft fair tomorrow at the Wild Hair Salon (10am-4pm) in Concord. I wanted to do something meaningful for a local organization that helps people, so I made a special batch of cards with a safety pin embellishment. I plan to donate 100% of the proceeds from these cards to the Rainbow Community Center here in my town.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monday, November 07, 2016

Blending with watercolor pencils

I love playing with watercolor pencils on raw canvas - this was my sample for a demo I did for Concord Art Association members.

Click here to see the other members' pears in progress - good times!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Make a photo cube ornament with me!

photocube ornament

I'm teaching a fun photo cube ornament class on Tuesday, November 29th (5:30-7:30pm) at Mimi's Cafe in Concord, California. 

All supplies for making this ornament are included - I'll have a nice variety of papers and embellishments to work with. Plus a signed copy of my craft project book, Craft Your Stash, is included, too! Ordering food and drink from the restaurant is optional and no-host.

This makes a great gift or a cute addition to your holiday d├ęcor. Plus we'll be eating, drinking and having fun - visit the Art Happy Hours site to register. Be sure to use the FB30 discount code at checkout to save 30%! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016

Port Costa Craft Fair

Come to the Port Costa Craft Fair on Sunday, October 16th at the historic Port Costa School - I'll be there selling my handmade greeting cards. I'm super excited about all the other vendors, too - some crazy talented designers and artisans will be showing their wares. Lots of raffles prizes up for grabs, too.

Follow the fair on Facebook or Instagram to see pictures of all the different holiday gifts you'll want to buy - one stop shopping for everyone on your list for sure!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Paint abstract art with alcohol inks

Something I made for the Bella Crafts blog a while back - alcohol inks are unpredictable and fun!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quick and easy greeting card

I made this quick and easy greeting card for the Creating with Joy blog, using Joy embroidered letters. Sometimes it's nice to work with just solid colors of cardstock. Click here for details on how I made it.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Make this alphabet train for your next baby shower gift

felt alpahbet train diy lisa fulmer

Here's a cute and super easy no-sew project to make for the wall of a little kid's room - a colorful felt alphabet train to help them learn their letters, shapes and colors. I made this for the Creating with Joy blog - click here to learn more!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Washi tape desk plaque

Here's a fun little desk plaque I made for the Smoothfoam blog using rainbow washi tape. Click here for the how-to instructions - it's super quick and easy!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

3-tier tray for keeping craft supplies close at hand

deflecto 3 tier tray lisa fulmer

Time for another blog hop with the Designer Craft Connection - this one is sponsored by Deflecto, maker of acrylic organizing and display products. We were challenged to get creative with their 3-tier tray, which I thought would be a very useful and decorative way to keep the craft supplies you use the most close at hand. You can enter to win one of these trays for yourself - details at the bottom of this post!

line 3 tier tray with paper lisa fulmer

After assembling the tray, I measured and cut rings from coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper and adhered them to each tier with a few large glue dots.

ribbon edge 3 tier tray lisa fulmer

I thought the bottom tier would be perfect for holding and sifting through small loose flowers that I use in cardmaking, but it needed a taller lip around the edge. I wrapped strips of thick acetate sheets around the bottom, securing with foam adhesive squares every two inches. With paper-lined tape, I adhered narrow ribbon around the acetate.

ribbon trim lisa fulmer

I added some cute trim to finish it off. Deflecto also makes these handy clips for adding a little sign, card or photo to any kind of display fixture. 

deflecto 3 tier tray lisa fulmer

Enter to win a 3-tier tray on the Designers Craft Connection blog (via Rafflecopter) and be sure to have a look at all the other great ideas from my fellow designers while you're there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Different is good - handmade greeting card

handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

Today I went to a friend's cardmaking get-together - she's a Stampin' Up demonstrator and had lots of really cute stamps and ideas for us to work with. Of course I went way, way rogue with her sample project design and used some of my own papers and embellishments, 'cause that's just how I roll. Different is good!

greeting card detail lisa fulmer

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Painting and stenciling layers on canvas

peace flag

After taking an online class with mixed media artist Seth Apter, I wanted to paint a flag that was pink, but not pink. Green and yellow, but...not. I wanted to contrast pretty summery colors and cute all-over patterns with a messy, distressed, toned back look.

stenciling layers of paint

I started with a sheet of sticky-back canvas trimmed down to a triangle, which I painted roughly with black gesso, then added bright pink on top. Pinning the canvas (which has a paper liner on the back) to a Smoothfoam sheet kept it from curling. The next layer was a tan stencil design, followed by ragged brush strokes across in yellow, and then down in green. I let each layer dry first before adding more.

cheap paintbrush strokes

Seth gave us a great tip - load a small amount of paint on to cheap paintbrushes from the hardware store to get wonderfully ragged and random lines with each stroke.

stenciling paint layers

After stenciling pink dots, I toned back the whole surface with tan paint, most of which I rubbed away with a wet paper towel immediately after brushing it across.

transparency between layers of paint

I really like how you can still see each individual layer of color and pattern/texture, even though everything is blended together and toned back. I stenciled and outlined some stars for the final layer, then glued on my lettering and a few small metal embellishments. I adhered the canvas flag to a slightly larger flag I cut from pink Oly*Fun fabric, which I had smudged with green and yellow paints around the edges.

It's all we are saying...give peace a chance.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Paper rosette stars

paper rosette stars

These paper rosette stars are quick and easy to make as cute decorations for the Fourth of July. There are loads of tutorials online for making paper rosettes, give it a google!

Each rosette is 4" wide, made from scrapbook papers in red, black and kraft for a vintage look. The white chipboard stars came in packs of 10 at the craft store and I used a red paint marker to ink the edges of the stars and quickly color the wood skewers. A little glue, a little bling and done!

You can poke these into a flower vase or centerpiece, or use them to fan yourself on a hot summer day.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Stenciled mini canvas - Dance!

stenciled mini canvas by lisa fulmer

Dancing is a great "just get out there and do it" type of mantra for life. I painted this stenciled mini canvas for the Creating with Joy blog - I love how the little chipboard embellishment turned out!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Monogrammed ATCs

monogrammed artist trading cards by lisa fulmer

I made these monogrammed artist trading cards for the Creating with Joy blog - now I need to go through my contacts list to find friends whose names start with these letters!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fabric-wrapped spring wreath

fabric wrapped spring wreath by lisa fulmer

Oly*Fun fabric is fun to work with because it doesn't fray and you can treat it like paper with folding, die-cutting or even embossing. I made this bright little spring wreath for the Bella Crafts blog.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mini wine cork board

mini wine cork board by lisa fulmer

So many wine corks have pretty designs and lettering on the sides - but most wine cork crafts have the sides obscured so the flat round ends create the surface. I thought I'd switch it up a bit and show off a few of the prettier corks in my stash with this mini cork board project that I made for the Creating with Joy blog.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Display riser cube made with paint chips

display riser cube paint chip craft  by lisa fulmer

I do love a good paint chip craft. Here's a fun little paper mosaic cube that I made for the Bella Crafts blog. Smoothfoam cubes are so easy to decorate - they make great display risers for all my little tchotchkes.

Friday, May 20, 2016


Dwellings by Lisa Fulmer
Dwellings by Lisa Fulmer - mixed media

I painted these two 10" x 30" canvases for a local art show called sight/unseen. Each participating artist had to create a piece that expressed some aspect of their identity. Click here for an interview about me on the Concord Community of Artists blog.

I looked through my grandparents' photos from the 1940s and found one of a Victorian flat in San Francisco where my mother lived as a child, and another of a ranch home in rural Northern California where my father spent his childhood.

Even though I grew up in suburbia, I've always felt connected to both the city and country influences from my parents' lives when they were young. 

I wanted these country and city dwellings to be "twins" in style. Even though they are not in scale when compared to each other, I like that the city house is smaller and the country house is bigger - it's how they felt to me as a child, despite being the opposite of how they actually were physically.

I blended acrylic paints to get all the colors I liked, and I ruled everything with paint marker to keep things bold and simple. I also painted the papers that are glued inside the windows, those pieces were trimmed from larger prints I made using a gel plate. 

Each artist also wrote a narrative to describe their work and why it's meaningful - here's mine:
My mom and dad met each other in San Francisco in the late 1950s when they were both working at a movie theater - Dad was an usher and Mom was a candy girl. Mom had lived in the city since she was about five. Dad spent his childhood in a rural area of Northern California, then came to the city as a young teen.

My folks left the city for the suburbs after marrying because they wanted a calmer life for raising kids. We’d make regular weekend road trips up north to visit my dad’s family on their farm - twenty acres of dusty olive orchards with lots of chickens, cows, dogs and cats. I remember the creaking sound of the porch door, waking to the rooster each morning and helping my grammy with chores and crafts. 
We took trips into the city to visit my mom’s family, too. The hustle and bustle of San Francisco frightened me as a small child; so many cars and people everywhere as we strolled through Union Square! But I remember admiring all the flowers in my grandma’s “secret garden,” tucked tightly between several big houses. I was also intrigued by the stairs everywhere and the long, narrow hallway of her Victorian flat. 
I cherish everything about growing up in a suburban town, but I also really love the influences of my families’ lives in both the city and the country. After college, I gravitated to San Francisco, living there for many years. Now I’m back in suburbia…but I still have yearnings for quiet time on the farm, as well as party time in the city!
I’m a little bit country…and I’m a little bit rock and roll.” — Donny and Marie

Monday, May 02, 2016

Melted crayon suncatcher

melted crayon suncatcher lisa fulmer

This melted crayon suncatcher is a quick and fun project for kids (and grown-ups, too!) to make - it would be an especially cute handmade gift idea for mom or dad.

crayon shavings to melt

It's a very inexpensive craft project - all you need are a couple sheets of kitchen wax paper and a few crayons. Start by twisting crayons through a pencil sharpener and sprinkle the shavings on top of a sheet of wax paper. You don't need too many shavings, but it's fun to pick multiple colors. Let the shavings fall randomly, or move them into a symmetrical pattern if you prefer.

melted crayons on wax paper

Place a second sheet of wax paper on top, then carefully press a medium hot iron down over the shavings for just a couple seconds. Slowly rotate the iron to move the melted wax around and blend or streak the colors together a bit. It's always a colorful surprise when you lift up the iron!

punch hole to hang suncatcher

After the paper and wax have cooled for a minute or two, the layers will be stiff and sealed together. Trim your piece into whatever shape you want, then place a small piece of clear tape at the top to reinforce a small hole punch. Insert a loop of ribbon or string for hanging in the window.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Etched stemless champagne flutes

I found a pair of plain, stemless champagne flutes at the local salvage store for a buck - and of course they were just crying to be etched. Because they are stemless, you can't use the typical wine glass charms to tell whose glass is whose. So I thought "what's mine is mine, what's yours is yours" was the appropriate inspiration for how to etch these two pretty little glasses.

I placed adhesive vinyl letters on each glass - one spelled "mine" and the other spelled "yours." Then I sunk each glass into a container filled with etchall® Dip 'n Etch liquid. 

To keep the glass from floating up, I filled it with water and leaned a knife inside it. I used an empty plastic wet-wipes jar - it was the perfect size to get the etching liquid up to the top of the glass. I wanted the whole glass to be etched like frost, with the letters reversed out.

After about 15-20 minutes in the etching bath, the glass came out, got rinsed under water, and the vinyl letters were peeled off to be used again. The Dip 'n Etch can be poured back into its original jar to be used again, too. They're a bit tricky to photograph, but these stemless champagne flutes turned out really cute!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Stenciled Easter egg design on a wood tag

Stenciled Easter egg design on a wood tag

This hip hop stenciled Easter egg design is another variation on the large wood tags I've been playing with lately. Super fun and easy - paint the tag white and sand back the edges. Then lay down some cling stencils with painter's tape in between and sponge on a few different colors of acrylic paint.

I had some cute washi tapes and border stickers in colors and patterns that played well with the stenciling, so I added those in between. Then I glued on my embroidered letters and my finished Easter egg tag was hatched. 

How cute would this be hanging from an Easter basket filled with candy? You can write the child's name and generic greeting on the back, then use it year after year. A stenciled wood tag would be cute as a creative greeting card, too.

Visit the Designer Crafts blog to see a link-up of more Easter crafts - you can add your own, too!

Stenciled Easter egg design on a wood tag